The Saratoga Film Forum is a not-for-profit arts organization that offers the film-loving community of our upstate region an opportunity to enjoy and discuss high-quality films and other electronic media productions at a downtown venue in Saratoga Springs. Founded on principles of community involvement, our programming is curated for currency, balance, and diversity by members of our board and film enthusiasts. The Film Forum gives emphasis to enhanced “forum” events, which pair films with panels, lectures, concerts, and other presentations. The membership-supported, board-managed Film Forum welcomes audience suggestions and collaborative programming with other not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.
Saratoga Springs once boasted as many as three downtown movie houses. By the late Eighties, these were gone. In 1993, several Saratogians launched an initiative to open a welcoming, in-town, not-for-profit movie theater where people devoted to the art of cinema could see and talk about top-caliber, hard-to-find films. Film Forum movies were shown in a hotel ballroom, a drive-in movie theater, a coffee house, college auditoriums, churches, and the top floor of City Hall. Since the mid-Nineties we have made our home in the Dee Sarno Theater of the Saratoga Arts Center at 320 Broadway, with thrice-weekly screenings at this downtown venue.
Our programming today reflects a range of genres with something for everyone: critically acclaimed new releases, classics, foreign films, family features, documentaries, shorts, animated movies, and film or video productions by local and nationally known filmmakers. We strive to keep our program affordable to all, and for members, children, and students, our rates are reduced.
Periodically, screenings at our venue feature a “film forum” component, with a panel, performance, or presentation led by experts and informed viewers. We celebrate film as a powerful aesthetic medium and we strongly promote film-going as an interactive experience; indeed, for two decades the Film Forum has served as a cultural commons where movie-lovers share in a community defined by a shared regard for film.
The board-run, volunteer-staffed Saratoga Film Forum works hard to meet our founding goals. We have an active and committed membership, a volunteer base of thirty, and a program that draws moviegoers from many upstate counties. The special events that enhance our films are flagged at our website. Our bimonthly newsletter, weekly e-mail updates, newspaper column, blog, Facebook page and Twitter posts, keep viewers abreast of our latest events and screenings.
We strongly urge moviegoers and friends of the arts to join the not-for-profit Film Forum (a 501c3 organization) and enjoy the benefits of a tax-deductible Film Forum membership and the pleasure of supporting a vibrant downtown arts venue. Membership forms are downloadable here.
Thank you for your interest and support!